Is Croydon Council bulldozing College Green plans through?

The Council’s ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Croydon College, Fairfield Halls and Croydon Green looks like its being bulldozed. Public display of the plans takes place on Friday 6 (1am-7pm) and Saturday 7 (11am-5pm) at Fairfield Halls. Then they are considered by the Scrutiny & Oversight Committee at a special extra meeting on Monday 9 November (6.30pm) at the Town Hall.

There is no way the public comments will be processed into the Scrutiny meeting except through tabling them. The Councillors will need time to think about what is being said.

Given the risk involved in closing the Halls expressed by the CEO an interesting question is whether the Council is prepared to force closure given it is funding the works but is not in control of the Board of Trustees and no longer has any Councillors represented on the Board. It is to be hoped that the CEO will be given the opportunity to speak to the Committee and that if not they were defer assessment until they have had a chance to discuss the matter with him and the Trustees in detail. Similarly consideration of the public comments at the exhibition is also a ground for deferring views until a second meeting.

The Scrutiny Committee also has the opportunity to question Godfrey on this at its 3 November meeting (see today’s Arts blossoming blog posting.)

You can access the Committee agenda and papers at You can access the documents at


About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour, radical and suffrage movements, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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